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New details released in murder of 85-year-old grape farmer Jakov Dulcich

Posted at 5:05 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 00:26:08-04

New details have been released surrounding the death of a prominent grape farmer in Delano. 


Court documents revealed another victim narrowly escaped with his life. 


Court documents revealed that 24-year-old Mariano Fernandez Perez allegedly threatened a man who witnessed the murder of Jakov Dulcich last week.


Perez has been charged with four felony counts including first degree murder in connection with the homicide that left 85-year-old Dulcich dead in Delano near Browning and Woolomes Avenue.


According to documents a man who was on his way to school got caught up in the chase between Dulcich in a Range Rover and Perez in a Kia. Dulcich’s Range Rover collided with the witness.


Perez then allegedly fired several rounds into Dulcich’s range rover. Dulcich was declared dead at the scene.


The witness said that's when Perez told him, "You didn’t see anything,", according to court documents. 


The witness said Perez pointed the gun at him but nothing came out.


Documents detail that Perez and the witness then began to physically fight. The witness said he was able to outrun Perez while Perez left in the Kia.


Documents also revealed that a Kia similar to the suspect vehicle and registered to Perez’ mother was found set on fire at the Kern-Tulare county line.


In an interview with detectives, Perez was asked if he was paid to kill Dulcich and what Dulcich did to deserve to die. Perez said, "I have no reason to kill an old white guy."


In that interview, Perez also admitted his tattoos affiliated him with Delano gangs.